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Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance / Ghost Rider: L'Esprit de vengeance (Bilingual)
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In its best moments, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is an amusingly gonzo popcorn movie fueled by the combined manic energy of its star, Nicolas Cage, who reprises his turn as the tormented Marvel Comics antihero, and directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank, Gamer). The trio's performances in front of and behind the camera seem to indicate their wish for Spirit of Vengeance to be regarded not as a sequel to the wan 2007 Ghost Rider film, but rather an entity unto itself, and in truth, the picture does work overtime to distance itself from its predecessor, from its fast-and-loose origin rewrite at the picture's opening to its tonal shift towards darker, meaner territory. That doesn't entirely translate into a better film: though the script, based on a story by David S. Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins), bears greater resemblance to its comic book origins than its predecessor, its story, which sends the Ghost Rider on a mission to protect the son of Satan (Ciarán Hinds), is unable to thread its diverse elements, which include a listless rendition of veteran heel Blackout (Johnny Whitworth), po-faced, high-tech monks led by Christopher Lambert, and Idris Elba's fighting priest, along with assorted exorcisms, rituals, and come-and-go powers, into a cohesive and believable film. That, of course, may make no difference to viewers who have come for the sheer spectacle, which, in spite of a greatly reduced budget, is provided in spades by Neveldine/Taylor's caffeinated direction and Cage's by-now trademark acting excesses (in his most unfettered moments, Cage approaches Klaus Kinski/Timothy Carey levels of scenery consumption). In doing so, they inject a sense of breakneck fun into the proceedings, regardless of its absurd elements, sorely lacking from the previous Ghost Rider adventure. Extras are limited to six deleted and extended scenes, none of which add up to anything special; those seeking more supplemental features should investigate the Blu-ray edition, which includes commentary by Neveldine/Taylor and a feature-length making-of documentary that details the film's rather torturous path to completion. --Paul Gaita
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JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF POO FROM HOLLYWOOD
The plot finds the Rider in eastern Europe.A black Frenchman by the name of Moreau is after protecting a boy named Danny and his mother Nadya.They are on the run from one Ray Carrigan,who works for none other than the devil himself,this incarnation going by the name of Roarke.The pair don't stop to accept Moreau's help as they're too busy fleeing from Ray,and just by the skin of their teeth.
Moreau seeks out and finds the Ghost Rider and asks him to help him to find and protect Danny,and in exchange he will rid Johnny Blaze of his inner demon.The bargain made,they set out to find and confront Ray and his boys,and get Danny back.At one point a confrontation of gigantic proportions takes place in a quarry.Ray has rendezvoused with an arms dealer who allows him the use of a bunker busting bazooka.The Ghost Rider appears and Ray goes to work,but nothing stops the Rider who ends up tearing the entire contingent of men there apart,using an immense digger that comes to life in flames.Ray is seemingly dead and the Rider has both mother and Danny,safe for the moment.
They arrive at a monastery where the monks hide the boy and his mother for their own safety and the Rider undergoes a cleansing ritual of sorts within the monastery's catacombs.Read more ›
I rated the movie a two star, because I was disappointed that it really was not much of an engaging or exciting movie - but it was not a complete utter failure or disaster. The special effects just did away with characters - which seemed too conveniently easy. The ending was also too convenient - that the Ghost Rider's good past suddenly emerges for the conclusion. The Director could have built this up better - disappointed that he did not.
If you are bored... maybe it is an OK Tuesday mid-afternoon movie to catch ... if you have the day off with nothing else to do. Otherwise - you can miss this one.
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Sequels very often disappoint. This one is the exception to that rule.Published 17 months ago by Rayne Bryon
J'ai le plaisir de compléter ma série de Ghost Rider. Et il est dommage qu'il n'y en a pas d'autre avec cet acteur.
Le colis est arriver rapidement. Read more
Nicolas Cage can play any role but this movie is one good movies and the first one too, a must see.Published on July 24 2013 by CorinneGreat
this movie is the best one yet because it is way better it actually how it is suppose to bePublished on March 20 2013 by kyle jesso
Great movie for my son (11) who had seen this movie before but wanted it for his collection. Now he wants the first one!Published on Feb. 6 2013 by Lisa Butson
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